Struggling learners understandably get discouraged.
Videos can really help build resilience and model productive reactions to teasing.
Watching videos certainly beats reading books for many dyslexics.
I've spent an inordinate amount of time watching oodles of videos to find the most helpful.
Here is a list of the videos that have had the most positive impact on my students from ages 6-18 years. I've included some brief notes to help you select the most appropriate. so hopefully this will save you time.
If you know of encouraging videos please emails them to me. so I can include them in my list.
Dyslexia Explained: What's It Like Being Dyslexic? This can bring a tear to many an adults eye, but primary children LOVE it, plus it can be a good conversation starter for secondary students It is a cartoon telling the story of a boy who hates school , whose teacher thinks he's lazy, but finds out he is wrong and apologises.
likeadyslexic. My primary school students love this. Very upbeat, created by a 12 year old dyslexic. It communicates via the written word so needs to be read out to ensure all students understand it.
What is Dyslexia? - Dyslexic Advantage One Minute Video. While the Dyslexic Advantage YouTube channel is excellent and I would totally recommend checking it out, they don't have that many videos that would hold a young students attention. This video is short, and extremely helpful. It acknowledges that dyslexics often find school hard but explains the many the strengths of those with dyslexia. I find the sound volume too low. If you are showing this you to a number of people you might need a speaker to boost the volume.
Made By Dyslexia YouTube channel. All the videos are fantastic. Inspiration or educational and sometimes both.
Here is a flavour.
- Dyslexia Heroes - The World is Made By Dyslexia. Short and powerful.
- Why dyslexia is not a disadvantage. Clever and professional.
Famous Dyslexics. The clue is in the name. It is UK based, and upbeat. The celebrities mentioned are people children / students will have heard of. It doesn't rely on students being able to read tonnes.
Dyslexia - Explained for Grade 5 Class South Australia. BIG favourite with students. Suitable for primary aged and younger secondary. Fun and upbeat but relies on students being able to read, which cannot be assumed in a class full of dyslexics, so I always read the text aloud. As students got familiar with it they volunteered to read the text for the younger / slower readers.
Dyslexia - Famous Dyslexics Australian, lists successful dyslexics (from all over the world) and explains their accomplishments and some of the struggles they had when they were young. Doesn't rely on students reading and includes 'relevant' famous people from a students perspective.
Dysadvantage YouTube Channel. Suitable for secondary school children up.
Trendy twenty something talks about different aspects of dyslexia. Some are more helpful than others (in my humble opinion). Seeing someone aspirational but not a celebrity or wickedly successful, being happy, open and seeing the funny side of being dyslexic models how students can handle tricky situations. Sometimes the language is not totally suitable to show in school, but not terrible. When I apologies in advance that there might be swear wears the students want to watch all the more and give their undivided attention.
Here are some of the ones I've found most helpful.
- Do I tell people I'm dyslexic? Discusses the advantages of being open about being dyslexic.
- Types of Dyslexics. Discusses the different type of dyslexics: Victims, those with low expectations and others who are driven. Challenges students to accept struggles, but to dream big and create a plan.
- Is school important? Don't give rubbish teachers the power to stop your dreams. He talks about how he wishes he worked hard. when at school.
I have listed these becaue I like the content but these did not hold the attention of my students, and were therefore not request often.
Famous People With Dyslexia. Great content, as it introduces each person without giving their name, but telling something negative that was said about them when they were young, then listing their amazing accomplishments. It's really inspiring but the music is depressing and it relies on everything being read. I always read it aloud otherwise it could might not serve the intended purpose.
Embrace Dyslexia: Unlocking Potential. Very similar to the Famous people with dyslexia video above but with different famous dyslexics presented differently . Needs some content reading for students.
Dyslexia - Changing Perception of Dyslexia. . Suitable for older primary and secondary. It has been created to sell a program, that I have never investigated due to lack of time. It talks through out and doesn't rely on children needing to read.
Dyslexia Motivation Video. Looks at the strengths of dyslexics.